Lucy Buffett shows her alter ego in Lucy B. Goode

“Lucy B. Goode is the grown-up aspect of me showcasing the lady my mother wanted me to be,” says the owner of LuLu’s Homeport Marina. This latest restaurant venture for Lucy Buffett is sure to yield stunning results. If you didn’t know, she’s quite adept at running a restaurant. “LuLu’s is sort of my young, playful, wild child on vacation self, and the food is classic beach fare from my grandmother’s recipes,” she continues.

The grown up version of a Lucy Buffett restaurant is still beach casual. It’s even located right next to LuLu’s. But the similarities end there. Expect real china and linen napkins with an eclectic selection of glassware along with food that could be best described as upscale small plates of Southern and Gulf Coast fare. Add to that seasonal ingredients from local farmers when available.

Mac and cheese doesn’t sound upscale until you partner your mac with Gouda from Farm Fresh Cheese in Elberta. This cheese shop has an odd schedule, but my cheese-loving father comes all the way from New Orleans to stock up once a year at least.

A peek at the rest of the menu had me craving watermelon salad and chargrilled grouper, but I’m most interested in Baldwin County peanut soup. Of course the seafood is local, too.

Buffett even shopped local to find a chef. Chef Randle Baldwin trained at the Culinary Institute of America in New York City, but despite his name has a Mobile County bloodline. Baldwin hails from Saraland, but made his way down to the coast in Birmingham restaurants such as Bottega Café, Chez Fon Fon and the Highlands Bar and Grill.

The restaurant is already open seven days a week from 11 a.m. through 10 p.m.

The Gift that keeps on Herbing

Green up your thumbs for the Gulf Coast Herb Society’s Herb Day 2013. “The Gift of Herbs” is the theme for this year’s Sept. 21 event. Attendees will learn about the multifaceted world of herbs and their roles in the culinary world, crafts, and even beauty products. Door prizes and an auction are also part of this celebration.

The $25 registration fee includes a lunch, and the program runs from 9 a.m. until noon at the grounds of the Mobile Botanical Gardens located at 5151 Museum Dr. Space is limited, and the deadline for registration is Sept. 16. Visit www.gulfcoastherbsociety.org for more information or call (251) 604-6866.

Southern Living’s “100 Places to Eat Now — The Checklist” hits close to home

Of course New Orleans was well represented, but Mobile didn’t look too bad in Southern Living’s “100 Places to Eat Now — The Checklist.” Put together by Jennifer V. Cole, this list of Southern places to dine is ever-changing, but a recent edition listed some familiar haunts.

Callaghan’s Irish Social Club was of course on the list. What award have they not won? Kole recommends the L. A. Burger, as usual. I’m fonder of the brunch, and my buddy Steve Varnes turned me on to his favorite, the pressed Cuban sandwich. Miss Cole would be just as pleased with these choices. The live music helps the digestive system.

Wintzell’s Oyster House is another celebrated Mobile establishment that cannot be overlooked. She recommended the West Indies Salad. I can’t stay away from the grilled oysters. I love them raw, but the butter and Parmesan make them better.

I know it isn’t Mobile, but the Florabama Package Store made the cut. Admittedly Cole explained that they aren’t known for their food, but she suggested royal reds. I think she hit the nail on the head. As someone who has spent many an hour at the ‘Bama I would be quick to say it is their best item. Melted butter and royal reds are hard to beat, and those guys never overcook them (from my experience).

As the list changes be sure to check off the places you’ve visited and follow her on Twitter (@jennifervcole) for regular updates.

Celebrate National Waffle Week with a Peach Waffle

Did you know the first week of September is National Waffle Week? I’ll tell you who told me. Waffle House of course! The beautiful thing about National Waffle week is the way our friends at Waffle House are celebrating, and that is by offering a peach waffle.

The peaches are baked into the waffle and drizzled with tangy peach butter. Oh, if they only served Nehi Peach. The new creation is for a limited time, and only in participating stores. They are here, though, and I am going to take advantage. My plans are to try it with the butter on the side and ease my way into total peachy enlightenment.

If you try your hand at your own peach waffle be sure to recycle those pits.